February 19th, 2010
05:27 PM ET
12 years ago

Justice Dept. report recommends no action against Bush officials

Washington (CNN) - A long-awaited Justice Department internal investigation of Bush-era lawyers who authored so-called "torture" memos clears them of allegations of professional misconduct and recommends no legal consequences for their actions.

The report by the Justice Department ethics unit concludes the high-ranking lawyers who developed controversial legal opinions on waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques may have exercised poor judgment but not professional misconduct.

The detailed examination of the legal guidance authored by Justice Department lawyers John Yoo and Jay Bybee found they did not constitute a professional breach that could have led to potential disbarment.

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  1. LB

    You asked Jeffery if there was a divide between Obama and Holder on this. Holder has had an agenda since before he was nominated and it goes beyond just these attorneys. Unfortunately, Holder has absolutely no concerns over the Philadelphia matter.
    He is a loose cannon and Obama needs to be sure he does not act on his own anymore than he already has. I don’t see Holder lasting this whole term.

    February 19, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. Monster Zero

    Hey CNN, wasn't this the second Justice Department Investigation conducted on the same legal opinions? Didn't the first go round come up with the same results? What is missing in this is that you will NEVER find a lawyer in politics that has ever been disbared, oh wait I forgot Slick Willie and his m mishap in the Oral Office. Whatever happened to the old Charlie Rangle doggone it, where's my cheese!

    February 19, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. Fooled Again

    The International Courts will have another idea on this..........

    February 19, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  4. Barbara Independent in NY

    History will judge these people and the rest of the Bush/Cheney administration harshly. Unfortunately, the decision not to take any action against them will also be viewed unfavorably.

    February 19, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  5. tomd

    How sad...how terribly sad that the Bush/Cheney'/Rice "crowd" are getting off – or could get off – after all their crimes and misdemeanors -when someone who is caught with (sic) an ounce of grass can possibly go to jail for a month or so...

    February 19, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. Rolf Hahn

    It shows how politicized the "Justice" Dept. has become.
    Does this mean one can commit murder, call it "poor judgment" and walk away free?

    February 19, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. indiana voter

    Even an anti-Bush investigation couldn't find any legal wrong doing. Too bad liberals, you lose again.

    February 19, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  8. Old Farmboy

    How many terrorists have died from waterboarding? I've never heard of one that did, have you? How many of our troops died from decapatation, gunshot, dismemberment, electrocution, and if you'd like, I could go on. But that's OK. I know, you say it puts us at their level. Well, you're wrong. People need to get their head out of their self righteous butts and wake up. These people want to kill you. I am not trying to target the Muslim faith in general, don't get me wrong. But there are those that have biased their belief into a manner that is not safe for me, you, your children or mine. They do not care where they strike or the people they kill. With that said... We made them feel like they were drowning for a bit.... WAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 19, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. Scott, Tucson

    Well I'm certain that the far lefties in here along with Queen Pelosi will get their panties in a knot over this opinion.

    February 19, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  10. valwayne

    How many millions did this sorry political witchhunt cost the American people? The people who showed poor judgement are Obama and Holder who decided to persecute those in the Bush administration who were doing nothing except the job asked of them by duly constitued authority. If Obama and Holder had any real courage and guts they wouldn't have persecuted the small fry they would have gone after President Bush and VP Cheney. Nowdays we don't even interrogate murdering terrorists we read them their Miranda rights and give them lawyers. We were a lot safer when these persecuted men were working to keep the American people safe. I for one thank them for their service!!!!

    February 19, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  11. Who said the Mayans were wrong?

    They were guilty.

    February 19, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  12. phoenix86

    One more waste of money by this inept Obama administration. A first year law student could have told him this before he spent taxpayer money to muckrake..er..I mean..investigate.

    February 19, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
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